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Youth and Family Justice

Department of Juvenile Justice Merged with the Administration for Children's Services

Division of Youth and Family Justice Created to Provide Juvenile Justice Services

On December 7, 2010 Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation officially merging the Department of Juvenile Justice into the Administration for Children's Services.  As a result of the merger, ACS created the Division of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ) to provide juvenile justice services. Read press release

The City's integration of juvenile justice and child welfare programs facilitates long-term planning for the young people and their families as soon as they enter the juvenile justice system and a focused strategy to place the youth on the path toward school, work, and successful adulthood. The overarching goal is to decrease the rate of recidivism for youth, a rate that is traditionally higher among juvenile offenders than adult criminals.

On March 30, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Close to Home legislation as part of the 2012-2013 New York State Budget. The passage of Close to Home paves the way for youth found to have committed a delinquent act to be placed by the New York City Family Court in or close to their communities in the City.

Click here to read more about Close to Home

Click here to download the 2013 ACS Detention Services Strategic Plan

Click the following links for more details on detention programs:




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